• All about game cards

    In our competitive divisions, we use game cards as the official match records.  This message pertains particularly to U10, U12 and U14.

    Coaches: Before the season starts, obtain a supply of game cards from the Clubhouse, or obtain the Excel file GameCards2015, fill it out, and print onto card stock according to the instructions in the file.

    Before the first game of the day at Muir North, Muir South, or LC FIS: After you have set up the goals, remove one white Game Card Envelope from the bin where the goals are stored and tie the envelope to the nearer goal net.  The referee has this responsibility.  (The statistician will perform this task at LCHS JV, McKinley, and Blair.)

    After the last game of the day at any of the Muir fields, LCHS JV, LC FIS, McKinley, or Blair: Untie the game card envelope and return it to the Clubhouse.  The referee has this responsibility but may delegate it.

    Before each game: Each coach must give the referee team one game card, filled out with the team information at the top, the players’ names and uniform numbers in the middle, and the game information at the bottom.

    During the game: The assistant referees mark the substitutions and goals scored on the front of their card.

    After the game: The referee team records the goals in each half and the final score at the bottom of both game cards; they decide on the sportsmanship points to award to each team and mark the back of the cards accordingly; and they print their name, team number, and code letter on the back of each card.  Any misconduct is noted on the back too.  The referees turn in both completed game cards either to the referee tent (at Victory Park or Area H) or to a white envelope attached to a goal net.

    Thank you all, referees and coaches, for doing your part to make the process run smoothly.

    — Bill Owen, Region 13 scheduler and statistician


  • Sideline Etiquette

    AYSO strives to create a healthy environment for our children and our community. One of the ways we do this is by maintaining a high standard of conduct at our games:

    • Negative comments and complaints about officiating are prohibited.
    • In Region 13, the home team always occupies the north or west sideline. This rule applies regardless of sun, shade or other conditions.
      • Spectators must sit on their team’s sideline.
      • No spectators are allowed behind the goal line.
    • Coaches must remain in “the technical area” (on the sideline, within 10 yards of the halfway line). Whether or not the technical area is painted, coaches must go no further from the halfway line than the edge of the center circle.
      • Exceptions: U6, U7, and U8 coaches are allowed along the entire sideline.
    • Only coaches may “coach” (i.e., instruct and direct the players). Others on the sideline should cheer and encourage, but never coach.
    • Coach participation in matches is limited to comments that are positive, instructional, or encouraging.
    • A coach should not speak to opposing players, except perhaps to compliment them on their play.
    • Coaches and spectators are not entitled to question the referee’s calls or ask for explanations during a match.
    • Coaches are not permitted on the field unless specifically invited by the referee (e.g., even if there is an injury, the coach must be invited by the referee before entering the field).
      • Exceptions:

        • U7 Coaches are permitted on the field for September games.
        • U6 Coaches are permitted on the field throughout the season.
    • Alcohol and tobacco products are prohibited at AYSO games and practices, and in the immediate vicinity of AYSO fields.
    • AYSO games (and practices) require a certified, currently registered AYSO coach.
    • AYSO scheduled games require a certified, currently registered AYSO referee. If there is no referee, there can be no game, but the teams may still scrimmage.
    • Region 13 has adopted a NO Pets Policy at all AYSO events held in the Region.  We ask all parents, guests and spectators to please leave your pets at home when you attend any AYSO event including practices, games, picture day, opening ceremonies, Tournaments, etc. This Policy is endorsed at the National level, is endorsed at the Section level, is endorsed at the Area level, is consistent with neighboring Regions and is in keeping with our Insurance Policy which does not cover animal bites or related injuries.  Service animals are generally exempt from this Policy. We appreciate your cooperation.

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